Friday, June 19, 2020

Flores Dominates Ruiz

Undefeated Lightweight prospect Gabriel Flores Jr. scored a dominant ten round unanimous decision over veteran Josec Ruiz on Thursday night at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Flores’ quicker hands, lateral movement, and combination punching were the story of this fight as he controlled the tempo of the combat from the opening bell. The highlight of this fight beyond Flores’ overall performance came in round two when he landed a flush left hook to the jaw followed by a right hand that sent Ruiz down. Ruiz remained “Game “ throughout the entire fight, but could not land anything significant to turn the ebb and flow in his favor as he consistently followed Flores around and sustained punishment as he came forward. At the conclusion of this bout all three judges turned in identical scores giving Flores every round 100-89. Gabriel Flores Jr. advances to 18-0, with 6 Knockouts. Josec Ruiz falls to 21-3-3, with 14 Knockouts 


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Super-Middleweight Clay Collard pounded out a six round split decision over previously undefeated David Kaminsky. Collard forced the fight in close from the opening bell and cut Kaminsky over the left eye as a result of a punch in round one. Collard’s non-stop aggression and out landing Kaminsky was enough to earn a hard fought split decision with all three judges turning in identical scores of 58-56, but two of the scorecards were scored in Collard’s favor. Clay Collard advances to 7-2-3, with 2 Knockouts. David Kaminsky falls to 6-1, with 3 Knockouts.



In a battle of undefeated Bantamweights Robert Rodriguez scored a second round stoppage of previously unbeaten Adrian Servin. After an uneventful first round Rodriguez stepped up the pressure and dropped Servin with a body shot followed by a hook to the head. Although Servin, who was moving up two weight classes was able to get up, he had no answer for the follow up barrage by Rodriguez and the fight was stopped at 2:48 of round two. Robert Rodriguez advances to 8-0-1, with 4 Knockouts. Adrian Servin falls to 9-1-1, with 3 Knockouts.


Unbeaten Jr. Welterweight Victor Rodriguez scored a workmanlike four round unanimous decision over Justin Horsley. All three judges scored every round in favor of Rodriguez 40-36. Victor Rodriguez advances to 3-0, with 1 Knockout. Justin Horsley falls to 0-3, with 0 Knockouts.


Undefeated Jr. Lightweight Frevian Gonzalez scored a four round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Jose Martinez. Despite the fight being closely fought from start to finish where neither fighter was able to stand out clearly, the three official judges felt Gonzalez had done enough to win a unanimous decision. Official scores were 39-37 (On two scorecards) and 40-36 in favor of Gonzalez. Frevian Gonzalez advances to 3-0, with 1 Knockout. Jose Martinez falls to 2-1, with 1 Knockout.


The original main event that was scheduled for this card between former two-division world champion Jose Pedraza and Mikkel LesPierre was postponed on the morning of the fight when it was revealed that a member of LesPierre’s camp had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In accordance with strict protocols laid out by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) the bout was postponed and members of LesPierre’s team were moved into quarantine according to ESPN. Although promoter Bob Arum, his promotional company Top Rank, Inc., and ESPN have stated that they hope to stage the fight on a rescheduled date in July at the MGM Grand Conference Center, there has not been an official announcement made as to when that might happen as of this writing. We will keep readers updated on any developments as they become available.


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